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Randy333 08-01-2018 05:35 PM

Pop rivet gun
I heard Avery tools is closed. Where is a good place to buy a air powered pop rivet gun


ColoCardinal 08-01-2018 05:51 PM

"pop rivet" tool
Brown should have them. They're a sponsor here.

rv7charlie 08-01-2018 06:51 PM

I've had one of these
for about 15 years. I haven't built an entire plane with it, but it's served me well building a hangar door, multiple other random projects, and for all the pulled rivet work on my -7 project.

No doubt there are better pullers out there, but sometimes better is the enemy of good enough.


edit: HF now has a higher powered version:

Gandalf 08-01-2018 06:55 PM


Originally Posted by Randy333 (Post 1277640)
I heard Avery tools is closed. Where is a good place to buy a air powered pop rivet gun


I used the wrong tip on my pop rivet gun from Avery and I called Avery and the fellow there was able to set me straight and back working. Talk about great support. Sorry to see Avery close.


Lemmingman 08-01-2018 07:19 PM

I got mine for Harbor Freight. For my RV7 it has been fine.

flysrv10 08-01-2018 08:04 PM

Here is another option. I like mine a lot.

DRMA 08-01-2018 08:32 PM

I tried using the HF rivet puller a couple of years ago. Went through 2 different tools, neither of which worked properly. Returned them and bought a better tool (Dayton brand if I recall correctly) which has worked well.

However, if I were going to build a complete RV-12, I think I would spend a few hundred $ for one of the high end "Pop" brand rivet guns or equal. I had the chance to use one when I was building my empennage at Synergy Air and the differences were very noticeable. A very smooth pull, lighter and smaller, and with a vacuum holding the rivet in place in the nose piece and pulling the stem into a flexible catch tube. With as many rivets as I think there must be on the 12, I personally think spending the extra money would be worth it.

Good luck with your new project.

rk2436 08-01-2018 09:02 PM

The red Taylor brand gun works great. Don't bother with the cheap HF one. It's not worth the aggravation when it keeps on breaking or burping oil all over.

RFSchaller 08-01-2018 10:38 PM

I bought two Harbor Freight guns. That way when one started malfunctioning I just swapped guns, and then fixed the bad one later so I always had one in standby. My friend only bought one and has good luck with about 30% of his project done with no issues. Seems like HF rivet guns are a bit of a **** shoot in reliability.

mike newall 08-02-2018 05:13 AM

ATS is our best gun, with a HF as standby. We have built two RV12's simultaneously, so plenty of pulls.

Spend some time checking the hole size to match the rivet mandrel. Our first rivets were leaving a sharp edge because the hole in the tip was too big, the smaller was too small !

Figured out in between and drilled the smaller one out - then it ran perfect.

Also, keep it clean and lubed, you will pull thousands of rivets and every month, it benefits with cleaning the jaws, re lubing with T-9 or similar. Takes a few pulls to settle down, then good to go again.

Harbor Fright gun needed filling with oil - that was a right PITA......

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